The first and most crucial step when it comes to caring for your skin is cleansing. All the other steps that follow rely on a clean surface so it’s a must to get the first step right. How will you know if you’ve cleansed your skin properly? Ideally, there shouldn’t be any traces of dirt after you’ve run a facial wipe or cotton pad drenched with micellar water all over your face. Try Simple’s No-Rinse Micellar Wipes, (P300)-they’re also great when you’re always on-the-go!
To start, you must remove deep-seeded dirt, and to do this, you need a cleansing oil or the Washable Cold Cream from Pond’s (P499.00). Oils and cold creams go deep into pores, and head straight for grime and oil without necessarily disturbing the natural moisture of skin. They’re also the best for effectively removing sunblock which is notorious for getting stuck in our pores, and is somewhat difficult to dislodge because of its heavy texture and chemical ingredients.
The second step is to swipe off waterproof makeup. A cold cream or cleansing oil can do this for your cheeks, forehead, nose and chin but when it comes to the eyes, you have to be extra careful. Waterproof mascara is especially tricky so it’s best to use a makeup remover that’s specifically made to break down waterproof makeup. Use a cotton pad, and pour on a generous amount of Simple’s Dual Effect Eye Makeup Remover (P500). Close your eyes and leave the drenched cotton pads on top for a minute. This will help break down the makeup, and allow you to swipe off the makeup debris with ease. For any leftover debris near the eyes or on the tips of the lashes, you can use the same makeup remover on a cotton bud, and swipe the remaining makeup away.